Halloween and Christians
There's a lot to say against Halloween. It is often a celebration of death, gore, violence, lust, the demonic world, and even Satan himself. It is not something to be trifled with without thought or intention. Whatever you do, whatever your kids do, SOAK it in prayer. Find age-appropriate ways to tell your kids that the spiritual world is real, and that Jesus has WON (and is WINNING and will WIN) the battle!
Another problem is that Halloween gets all the credit when there are other great holidays worth celebrating - the last Saturday of October is Reformation Day, which marks a great work of God in the Church, ultimately bringing both Catholics and Protestants to grasp the truths of scripture more fully. November first is All Saints Day, when we remember the Great Cloud of Witnesses (Hebrews 11-12), the believers who have carried the faith before us, handed it on to us.
Nonetheless, I don't think the right response to halloween is to bar your doors and turn off your porch-lights. Consider this fact: if your house is welcoming, if you're ready with a bowl of goodies to distribute, more of your neighbors will knock on your door in one night than any other night in the year. If they know you're a believer (if they don't, why not?), you have a chance to show them kindness, hospitality, and offer friendship. You can get creative. Remember the words of John 1, "the light has shined in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." That was Jesus in the Gospels, and it's Jesus through you!
Let's brainstorm: How can you bless your neighbors on Saturday night? I'll start, and you can add more in the comments:
- Fill your candy bowl and then pray a blessing over it, praying that each family touched by this will also be touched by the gospel.
- Print little labels to go on the candy - perhaps an encouraging verse?
- Make your driveway, front door, and even your home a safe place for families to rest for a minute - invite families in to have a cup of cider and get to know them.
- Dress like an angel, and make light flood out of your front door when people open it.
- Brush up on your neighbors names before the night starts, so you can greet them by name when they come.
- Invite your immediate neighbors to a community dinner or safe party right before or after they go door-to-door.
Admittedly, I may not be able to do any of these this year, as we'll be setting up for our first service in the church's new "campsite." But I'd love to hear what you come up with!